The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software
Programming Legend Charles Petzold unlocks the secrets of the extraordinary and prescient 1936 paper by Alan M. Turing Mathematician Alan Turing invented an imaginary computer known as the Turing Machine; in an age before computers, he explored th...
Charles Petzold is also the author of The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine (Wiley, 2008). He wrote a bunch of other books too, but they're mostly about programming applications for Microsoft Windows, and they're all obsolete now. He lives in New York City with his wife, historian and novelist Deirdre Sinnott, and two cats named Honey and Heidi. His website is www.charlespetzold.com.
1. Best Friends 2. Codes and Combinations 3. Braille and Binary Codes 4. Anatomy of a Flashlight 5. Communicating Around Corners 6. Telegraphs and Relays 7. Our Ten Digits 8. Alternatives to Ten 9. Bit by Bit by Bit 10. Logic and Switches 11. Switches and Gates 12. A Binary Adding Machine 13. But What About Subtraction? 14. Feedback and Flip-Flops 15. Relays, Tubes, and Transistors 16. Bytes and Hex 17. Displaying Hex Digits 18. An Assemblage of Memory 19: Automating Arithmetic 20. Jumps and Calls 21. Computer 2.0 22. Characters and Decimals 23. Peripherals 24. Languages Low and High 25. Everything is a Code